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What Masonry Can Be Added To Your Home’s Exterior?

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If you’ve always loved the thought of living in a little stone cottage, but aren’t sure you can justify the expense of moving (or constructing a stone home from the ground up), you may be looking for ways to make your current home more quaint. One way to accomplish this is to replace your existing siding with stone or artificial stone veneer, which can give your home the look and feel of a cottage at a much lower price. Read on to learn more about these building materials and determine which may be the best option for your home. Stone veneer Stone veneer is made from thin slices of real stone, overlaid in sheets to give the appearance of masonry. To apply this veneer, a contractor will remove your existing siding or shingles, measure the stone sheets to fit, and apply them to your house with a sticky industrial solvent. After this solvent has dried, the stone should be firmly attached to the outside of your home, rendering it indistinguishable from a solid stone home. An advantage of stone veneer over an actual masonry home is the ability to quickly make repairs and changes. Patching broken or chipped stones in a stone house often takes the skills of an expert mason to blend the old stones with the newer one, and can take weeks to repair. Patching a broken section of stone veneer can usually be accomplished just by cutting out a section of stone veneer to fit and re-gluing it. However, this veneer can be heavy — and if you don’t have the thick support beams necessary to support this extra weight, you could run into trouble. Before installing stone veneer, you’ll want to have a contractor inspect your home to ensure that your walls can handle this extra weight without buckling. Artificial stone veneer If you’re not sure your home can support the weight of genuine stone veneer, artificial stone veneer may be a viable alternative. This veneer is composed of tough, durable plastic that is treated with special UV-resistant chemicals. This helps keep the “stone” from fading or changing color, even after years of constant sun exposure. Artificial stone veneer is available in a variety of colors, making it easy to select a style that will work well with the rest of your home.  Because real stone veneer is often made from thin stones — like slate or shale — it can be more fragile and prone to breaking than artificial stone veneer. If you’re planning to place this veneer on a part of your home that gets a great deal of use (like the wall adjoining an attached basketball goal), artificial is generally the way to...

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Creative Ways To Ship Packages

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You have a company that sells handmade crafts that you need to ship to your customers. As a creative person, you probably dislike the boring brown shipping boxes and envelopes the post office expects you to use. While there are rules to follow when mailing packages, you can get away with some creativity.  Here are some fun ways to ship your crafty products: Display Boxes Display boxes are ones that open up in a way that you can display the item inside without taking it out of the box completely. They often stand up with the item facing forward for all to see. While they are usually used to see items in store, you can also use them to ship your goods to show off your crafts. Add a note inside the box so that they recipient knows they can display the item within the box as well. Choose a decorative colored box for added flair. Crimped or Shredded Paper Don’t fill your shipping boxes with boring paper or foam to protect your product. Fill the box with something fun and creative instead. You can find colorful paper that is crimped into thick, bouncy strips. There is also colorful shredded paper cut into different widths. You could make your own protective filling by cutting and crimping paper, or purchase it ready made so you don’t have to do the work. Washi Tape Washi tape is thin paper tape with intricate designs or bright colors. You can’t use washi tape to seal your packages. It will break too easily and the post office won’t accept it. You can, however, use washi tape to decorate your package and then go over it with clear packaging tape. The colorful washi tape will show through the clear packaging tape and the post office will allow it. Fabric Envelopes Can you mail fabric envelopes? Yes, you can, as long as you follow a few rules. A fabric envelope will often be considered a package, so expect to pay more to ship it. If there is glue used to seal the envelope, make sure it is glue that won’t run if it gets wet. You also don’t want colors that will run. The most important thing about shipping fabric envelopes is to have it hand cancelled. That is when a human hand stamps the envelope with the date to cancel to the stamp so it can’t be used again. Usually, a machine does that, but the machine might damage your envelope or envelope might damage the machine.   With these ideas, your packages will look just as handmade and crafty as the product inside. For further help on custom packaging, contact a local outlet, such...

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Planning To Open An Antique Store? Here’s How To Handle Deliveries

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If you love shopping for antiques and have a dream to open your own antique shop, one thing you’ll need to do is plan how to make deliveries to your customers. They won’t want to load valuable furniture in their cars, and you don’t want to hire just anyone to handle historic and expensive goods. Therefore you should work with a professional moving company with experience in handling antiques. Here are some things to know about helping your customers get their purchases home safely. Choose A Full-Service Mover Delivery of furniture and other heavy antiques is just one service you need, so it helps to find a mover who will also help you pack your goods for a safe delivery. The movers should also be willing to unpack the antique and place it where the customer wants it in the home. That eliminates the worry of the customer causing damage to a valuable purchase by trying to move it or reassemble it. When To Use A Mover It’s best to call your mover for pieces that are too heavy to carry easily and those that are so big they do not slide easily into a car. If the antique, such as a big chandelier, has loose parts, it may be best to let a professional pack, move, and unpack it rather than risk transporting it in a car even if it fits. It’s not necessary to use a mover based on value alone if the items are small. In fact, your mover may not want to deliver items such as valuable coins and jewelry. Your customer can easily carry those out of your store and relieve you of the delivery responsibility. How To Prepare Antiques For Delivery Your moving company should supply you with the appropriate packing supplies. You may need corrugated boxes for extra strength and bubble wrap for padding. You may need to pack a box within a box within a box for the best protection. It’s best to secure loose pieces with a ribbon or strap. That way a lamp or drawers in furniture won’t move around when the movers lift the box. Big furniture may not need to be boxed, but it should be handled with care to avoid nicks and scratches. The movers should place the furniture on a pad, cover it with protective cloth, and strap it in place. While taking such care with delivery will increase your cost, it is definitely worth it. A damaged antique plummets in value, so taking excellent care of your goods until they are safe in your customers’ homes is an important part of your business plan. Check out websites like to see what moving services are...

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2 Surprising Facts About Tempered Glass

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If you are planning for safer glass in your home, you need tempered glass. It is at least three times as strong as untempered glass and the glass can be of almost any size or shape. The benefits of tempered glass can be more easily understood when you realize that the glass used in common bake-wear has also been tempered. Tempered Glass=Toughened Glass=Safety Glass It is important to note that although tempered glass is very strong, it is obviously not going to be unbreakable. However, if it breaks, it is still safer to be around than traditional, untreated glass that has been broken. Tempered glass is also known as toughened glass and both are examples of safety glass. It is made by first cutting glass in the desired size and depth. Then, it is rapidly heated and the outer portions are cooled quickly, while the inner portion remains hot. The final texture and size of the glass is not changed by the process. Tempered Glass Is Crucial In Your Bathroom   Specifically, tempered glass is useful anywhere in the home, but is particularly needed for the bathroom. The shower door and mirror can cause extensive injuries if broken and therefore, it only makes sense to use the safest possible glass.  One example of why you need tempered glass in your bathroom was thoroughly established in a recent study. It reviewed data from more than 234 bathroom injuries that did not cause death and of those; the majority took place near the tub or shower and the vicinity of the toilet. Many of those injuries occurred as the result of a fall, which could then be worsened by breaking glass. Whether you only have adults in your home, have young children or an elderly parent, bathroom safety is essential and tempered glass is an ideal way to increase the safety of that room. In some areas, you do not have a choice about whether or not you want toughened glass in all bathrooms and on all bathroom doors; it is required by current safety codes. You may not have to upgrade it because your home was grandfathered in and therefore exempt from the standard, but when you sell your home, it could be a problem. In conclusion, tempered glass is important everywhere in your home. However, if you are remodeling the bathroom or only able to update the glass in one area at a time, make sure it is the bathroom. Given the number of accidents that occur there, you are taking an important step for keeping your family healthy and safe in the future.   To learn more about tempered glass, contact a company like D Pollack Glass & Mirror...

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Children At The Reception Or Not?

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This is a question every bride and groom have to face when planning their wedding. It can be a difficult decision, mostly because you will hear opinions from just about every person in your family. The decision to have children at your wedding or not should be made by the bride and groom. Once you have your mind made up, you need to stick together and stick to your decision. See below for some helpful tips on how to handle this situation. Invitation Wording If you do not want children at your wedding, you need to specify this on your wedding invitations. You need to be clear so there isn’t any miscommunication and you end up having to pay for extra guests that you hadn’t planned for. You can be very specific and say “no children,” or you can go another route by adding wording such as those below: Adults Only Adult Wedding And Reception Please respect out wishes, as we are extending this invitation to adults only. There may be a misconception on what constitutes an adult, so you may want to be more specific when you address your wedding invitations. Address the invitations to Mr. and Mrs. so-and-so specifically. This way they won’t think their 16 year old should be invited.  Handling A Confrontation When you send out these invitations stating no kids allowed, you may get one or two people to confront you about your decision. Understand that some people don’t want to get a babysitter, or if you have out of town guests, they may not want to leave their kids behind. Don’t let a confrontation change your decision. See below for tips on how to handle a confrontation: Assure them that there aren’t any kids at the wedding reception and that there aren’t any special circumstances. Tell them how much extra it would cost you to have kids at the wedding.  Let the person know that the reception venue doesn’t allow for kids, especially if it is a nicer venue. (If you aren’t sure if a venue allows children, contact a banquet hall, like the Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center, for their age policy.) When deciding not to have children at your wedding, you can line up a babysitter for your guests with kids, especially if there is only a handful of kids involved. This way your guests won’t have to find a sitter themselves and it may soften the blow of not inviting kids. Have fun crafts or movies lined up for the kids to keep busy while their parents are away, and be sure to pay the babysitter well.  Remember, whatever decision you choose, be sure you stick to it. This is your big day, so don’t let anyone sway your...

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How To Prepare Specific Items For Storage In Your Self-Storage Unit

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If you have recently rented out a self storage unit for whatever reason, you must be sure that you prepare all of your items in the right way. This will guarantee that your items are kept safe and don’t become damaged while inside. Here are some ways to prepare multiple items that you may decide to place in your storage unit: Books: When storing books, you want to be sure that you stack them flat since standing them upright can damage their spine. You also want to be sure that you are storing them in small boxes since books can be really heavy. This will make it easier to move them around whenever you need to.  Lawn Mower: If you are storing a lawn mower, you must be sure that your drain gas and oil from the motor. If you don’t, you will not be able to store it since the facility will not allow it. This is because storing oil and gas poses a significant fire hazard. This means that you will have to turn around, flush the motor at home, and bring it back to the storage facility, which can be a great inconvenience.  Blankets and Clothes: If you are storing blankets and clothing, it is best to buy a cheap wardrobe to store them in along with hangers. This will ensure that it prevents moisture build up. You also want to be sure that you clean all the blankets and clothing that you store to prevent bad odors. Mattress: If you are storing a mattress in your unit, you will want to be sure that you store it in a plastic cover to prevent moisture build up. Plus, this prevents dust build up, which is important if you plan on using the mattress again. You don’t want to have to worry about extensive mattress cleaning once you are ready to use it again. Pictures: If you plan on storing pictures, you want to be sure that you place each photo in between pieces of cardboard and tape it together to prevent the photos from curling. This is why it is recommended that you do not store photos in a storage unit, especially ones that are irreplaceable.  By knowing how to prepare these items for storage, you can be sure that they do not easily become ruined and will easily be ready to use again once you want to take them out of...

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Planning A Koi Pond For Your Backyard

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The gentle sound of water trickling; the aroma of fragrant flowers; the site of colorful fish—a Koi pond is provides an experience for the sense, and it can completely transform your yard and your mood.  Before you dive in (no pun intended, as this pond isn’t going to be one for swimming in) and start digging a hole in your yard, you want to have a good plan for your Koi pond so that you can ensure it will be a success. Here’s a look at some important things to consider before building a pond in your garden. Determine the Location The first thing you need to do is figure out where to put your Koi pond. The ideal spot should be a mixture of part sun and part shade, as both are important for the plants and the fish. However, do be careful not to choose a location that is within close proximity to trees, as root systems can make digging difficult and you can potentially damage your pond—and you can potentially damage the tree if you damage the roots. A space where large branches will extend over the pond is an option, or you could install a shade structure over the pond, like a pergola. What do You Want It to Look Like? Once you figure out where you are going to put the pond, the next step is to figure out what you want it to look like. Do you want something basic, like a circle, and on the smaller side? Do you want a large pond with an elaborate formation, like a kidney bean? The size and shape are important elements of a Koi pond, as they will have a direct impact on the overall look and feel that it will create for your yard. What Features would You Like? Are there any specific features that you would like to add to your pond in addition to the Koi and plants? For example, a waterfall could really up the interest factor and add to the serenity of the pond. A bridge that could be walked over would add another vantage point to take in the views of the pond, as well as offer a unique way to get from one point in your yard to another. If you’d like to keep the pond a focal point when the sun goes down, underwater lighting, as well as spotlights, could help you achieve that goal.  What Supplies do You Need? Make sure you know what supplies you need to build your bond and to ensure that it will stay a healthy habitat. Some of the key supplies you’ll need include: A pond liner (available from companies like Billboard Tarps) A biological waterfall box, which will filter out harmful waste and bacteria A skimmer box, which makes maintaining your pond easier, as it removes any debris that is floating in the water before it can collect on the bottom of the pond A PVC flex hose to carry the water from the skimmer box to the biological waterfall box By creating a plan, you can ensure that your Koi pond will be a successful addition to your...

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3 Effective Accessories That Will Beef Up Your Home’s Security

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The world is full of the unknown, which is stressful if you own a home. In order to protect your home from potential threats, you can take advantage of these security accessories: Window Security Alarms Burglars don’t have a difficult time breaking through glass windows, but you can know if they try thanks to window security alarms. These alarms have a suction type of mount, making them easy to secure to your windows. If your glass windows are shattered, the alarm instantly triggers. You can then hear the alarm and take actions to protect your family. Window security alarms are unique in that they have a dry circuit, which means no power is required to keep these alarms running. These alarms work by utilizing shock-wave vibration frequencies. You can also integrate them with a smartphone, so you can monitor the security of your home wherever you are in the world. Wireless Cameras In order to give you and your family some peace of mind, sometimes you just want to monitor your property. This doesn’t have to be difficult if you set up wireless security cameras around your property. Featuring a weatherproof design, these cameras won’t malfunction if they get wet, hot or cold. After setting up each camera, all you have to do is plug a receiver into your computer monitor. A live feed from each camera will show up, giving you the chance to monitor any suspicious activity. When looking for these cameras, try getting ones that have infrared sensors. These sensors can pick up body heat, which lets you see people even if it’s completely dark outside. Motion-Sensored Task Lighting Another way to improve your home’s security is to set up motion-sensored task lighting above the garage on the exterior of your property. These lights have infrared sensors, which pick up motion from a distance. So if a stranger gets too close to your home, the lights instantly activate. This will scare away the stranger, making them think twice about doing something mischievous. Motion-sensored lights are weatherproof, so they will last for a long time. They can also swivel left to right, giving you the ability to direct where the beam of light goes in front of your house.  If you are looking to enhance your home’s security, these accessories are ideal to utilize. More security can give you the peace of mind knowing that your home and your possessions are...

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Banner Stand Basics: 3 Steps To Ensure You Get The Best One For The Task

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When you need to display graphics for a trade show or museum exhibit, there are very few items that you can choose that are as versatile, durable and effective as a banner stand. In fact, banner stands tend to be one of the most cost-effective ways to deliver your message. This is particularly true when you consider the fact that banner stands come in a variety of sizes, shapes and prices. Regardless of the reason, if you need a banner stand, here are three steps to follow to make sure that you get the best possible banner stand to handle the job: 1. Are You Using the Stand Outdoors? If you are planning to use your banner stand outdoors, then you need to consider the potential weather conditions. For example, if it is extremely windy on the day that you are using your stand and you fail to have the proper hardware, it could be picked up by the wind and taken away. Therefore, if you are using the stand outdoors, make sure that you get a stand that has a weighted base and a strong frame. This will help you ensure that your message is always being delivered while avoiding potential property damage, embarrassment and even lawsuits. 2. Should You Go With a Retractable or Non-Retractable Stand? If you’re on a budget with no room to maneuver, then a non-retractable banner stand is likely going to be your best bet since it is less expensive. Non-retractable stands can also serve double-duty since you can set it up so that both sides of the banner can be used for message delivery. This is harder to do with a retractable banner stand, although the retractable banner may be more durable and a better-suited option for more permanent displays. Either way, both types of displays can be easily stored, although a non-retractable banner is more likely to become damaged if not rolled up and stored properly. 3. What Type of Longevity and Durability Is Needed? If you don’t plan on moving your banner stand from one place to another frequently, then a simple, economy banner stand will likely suffice. However, if you’re looking for a banner stand that is going to be a warrior for the long-term, then you need to have the budget to invest accordingly. Longevity and durability are two things that are likely going to require a premium price; however, if you take the time to search around, you can find the most affordable price. In conclusion, when trying to determine the type, style and cost of a banner stand, it really depends on how you are going to use it. Banner stands are an effective way of creating changeable and portable imagery. Therefore, if you need to deliver a message via graphics at a retail point-of-purchase, exhibition, convention or any other location, consult with a company in your area that sells banner stands. To learn more, contact Divine Signs...

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The Variety Of Semi-Trailer Storage Units Available To Choose From

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Are you looking for a way to transport goods or materials, but you are not sure which semi-trailer storage unit will best suit your requirements? There are a variety of semi-trailer storage types to choose from (from outlets such as Arizona Storage Rental Inc), and to make the right choice it is best to find out a little bit about each one. With that thought in mind, here are the most common semi-trailer storage units you are going to come across at a trucking company: Livestock: one specific type of trailer that you should opt for when transporting animals is the livestock trailers. They are designed so that a variety of animals can be transported without harming the animals. The livestock semi-trailer storage units are also well ventilated, and contain facilities where the animals have access to food and water during a long trip. Livestock trailers can be used to transport a wide variety of animals including sheep, horses, pigs, cows, hogs and chickens. One essential consideration when transporting animals is the need to regularly check them during transportation to ensure safety of the animals. Also the loading and unloading process must be carried out slowly so that the animals do not get trampled or injured in any way. Flatbed trailers: if you are in need for a semi-trailer that can haul a large piece of machinery such as a construction digger or perhaps farming equipment then you should opt for a flatbed semi-trailer. The items that you need transported would simply be placed on top of the flatbed trailer via a crane, and then strapped down so that they are secured during transportation. One disadvantage of flatbed trailers is that the items being transported are exposed to the elements. In some cases this could be a problem if you need equipment transported that is of an electronic nature. However, solutions where you cover the equipment up with water proof plastic can be used. You will just need to make sure that the material isn’t going to become loose during transportation. Tankers: any type of liquid cargo that must be kept away from the hot sun should be stored in tanker semi-trailers. Commonly the type of cargo that is transported in tankers includes milk, juice, chemicals, fuel, oil and natural gas. If dangerous chemicals are being transported then typically the drivers will need special training that shows they are competent in handling the chemicals which they are...

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